A charity dedicated to helping nurses in financial difficulty has become the latest to the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust has signed up to support the campaign, after being one of an initial group of organisations recently contacted by Nursing Times.
“The impact of this huge health emergency will be felt by this precious workforce for many months to come”
The charity was founded in 1917 in the memory of British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed during the First World War, and provides help to UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
It supports those, both working and retired, when they are suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of the coronavirus.
Nursing Times launched the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign in April to first raise awareness of the mental health pressures and wellbeing needs of nurses during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
We have now launched the second phase of the campaign, which partly involves calling on relevant organisations, including charities, unions and other representative bodies, to support its aims.
Secondly, we are also actively asking employers from the health and care sector to back the aims of the campaign and make a public pledge to do so.
As a result, we aim to contact the majority of NHS acute, specialist, community and mental health providers in the coming weeks to see if they will sign the campaign pledge.
In signing up to support the campaign, employers are pledging to provide easily accessible formal mental health and wellbeing support to staff for as long as it is needed.
They are also agreeing to foster a culture of mutual support, in which staff are alert to the possibility that colleagues may be experiencing problems as a result of their work during the pandemic.
In addition, they are pledging to ensure staff experiencing problems know they will receive a positive, supportive response by disclosing them and that it will not be viewed as a sign of weakness.
Thank you very much to Cavell Nurses’ Trust for leading the way by being one of the first charities to publicly support Covid-19: Are You OK?
John Orchard, chief executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “As the pandemic resurges, nursing and midwifery staff are being called on again to face Covid-19 on the frontline.
“Despite this, they will continue to need our help,” he said. “The impact of this huge health emergency will be felt by this precious workforce for many months to come.”
Mr Orchard noted that, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the charity had been financially supporting nurses, midwives and HCAs affected by Covid-19.
“Fallout from stressful Covid-19 working conditions, coupled with financial worries at home, mean many staff are not coping,” he said.
He added: “News of companies laying off thousands of staff is worrying and these job losses will impact the households of nursing and midwifery staff too, both in the NHS and independent sector.”
“Fallout from stressful Covid-19 working conditions, coupled with financial worries at home, mean many staff are not coping”
He highlighted that Cavell Nurses’ Trust was “determined to create meaningful, long term support for our precious healthcare workforce” and that it was adapting to make sure it was there for them.
He urged nurses, midwives or HCAs who would be facing financial worries this coming winter to visit the charity’s website, as it may be able to help.
A Nursing Times survey of 3,500 nurses undertaken for the campaign’s launch found that 33% of respondents rated their overall mental health and wellbeing as “bad” or “very bad” and 50% described themselves as “a lot” more anxious or stressed since the pandemic.
The mental health of clinicians during the pandemic has also been the subject of reports and surveys involving the King’s Fund, the Laura Hyde Foundation, the British Medical Association and others.